Take a break from the safari vehicle with a serene boat safari along Queen Elizabeth Park’s famous Kazinga Channel
Connecting Lake Edward and Lake George, motoring along this stretch of water is an ideal way to see Africa’s wildlife from a different angle. From a multitude of brightly colored birds to buffalo, hippos, crocodiles, and monitors – it’s a safari unlike any you’ll get on dry land.
Lasting a few hours, your cruise takes you along the channel in search of the diverse bird and animal life that can be found along the shores of this manmade waterway. While bird watchers are going to find this especially engaging due to the park’s more than 550 species of bird, animal enthusiasts can expect to see a variety of mammals and reptiles along the shoreline as well.
For true chimpanzee enthusiasts, the day long chimpanzee habituation experience allows you to spend twelve hours in the presence of these fascinating primates.
Joining the chimpanzees shortly after 6am, you’ll spend the day tracking their movements from feeding to hunting to breeding to sleeping.
One for the physically fit, this day long experience will take you throughout Kibale National Park as you keep up with these fast-moving, agile, and highly social creatures.
Another interesting but more placid activity is the boat trip through the extensive papyrus delta through which the Victoria Nile flows into Lake Albert. Here again there are plenty of animals and birds to see with an excellent chance of seeing the rare Shoebill. This trip takes four to five hours. The lodge can assist with booking seats on the boat. As spaces are limited it is advisable to check availability in advance.
As Murchison Falls is the main attraction of the national park, there are several ways to travel to, and to view the falls
A highlight of any visit to Murchison Falls Conservation Area is the launch trip to view the magnificent Murchison Falls.
Trips normally depart at 9.00am and 2.00pm. Hippos and crocodiles are abundant and you will see plenty of game and bird life.
The voyage takes about three hours.
Kaniyo Pabidi forest (8 kms from Kicumbanyobo Gate on Masindi Paraa road or 56kms from Paraa Safari Lodge) is a beautiful natural forest dominated by giant mahogany and ironwood trees. Chimpanzees can be tracked from Kaniyo Pabidi tourism site, which is run by the Jane Goodall Institute. Bird-life here is abundant including; the Chocolate-Backed Kingfisher, the White-thighed Hornbill; and Puvel’s Illaposis, which is found nowhere else in East Africa.
Rabongo Forest is an island of tropical river forest set in a sea of grassland in the south-east of the conservation area, 1 1/2 hours’ drive from the lodge. The forest can be explored on foot in search of primates such as Black-white Colobus, red tailed monkeys, baboons and occasionally chimpanzees.
A UWA Ranger Guide should accompany you on this nature walk.
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